1920 – Beatrice, NE – $23,900

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Added to OHD on 2/28/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/10/19   -   13 Comments
700 Elk St, Beatrice, NE 68310

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  • $23,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2564 Sq Ft
Ever watch HGTV rehab shows? Well this is one of those homes--good bones, but needs work. This 1920's home was once divided into to residences, one on second floor. Former occupants were in process of rehabbing so 2nd floor is down to the studs. First floor has great wood work, tile floors, stained glass windows, pocket doors and French doors. Boiler heating system in basement, but pipes and radiators were removed. Property is selling as is.
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13 Comments on 1920 – Beatrice, NE – $23,900

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  1. AvatarTheresa m hel says: 320 comments

    After making it weather tight I would yank out the kitchen cabs. Not the highest priority but they just bother me😣

  2. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 544 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse
    WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

    This house appears to be a Sears kit house… the Hawthorne, to be specific. It has been modified somewhat from the published plan, but hardware, stained glass and built-ins are consistent with Sears products. Good grief, the listing description is promoting this as suitable for HGTV-style “rehab”. Let’s hope the new owners will value its unique character and place in history more than they value the banal aesthetics shoved down our throats daily via televised marketing.

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 849 comments

      Nice catch… http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/tag/sears-hawthorne/

      “Ever watch HGTV rehab shows?” – Yeah, Please don’t do that to this house.

    • JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
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      It’s clearly a variant of the Sears plan, with the Hawthorne’s second level extended over the porch. It all appears to be part of the original house, with matching brickwork, windows, etc. I read somewhere that Sears offered custom modifications to their designs and this seems to be an example of that. The attic is a real mess, and it’s hard to tell if the upstairs space was ever finished. Interesting!

  3. AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

    There’s a lot here to peak a serious buyer’s interest. On the downside, it needs a lot more work here then a person might realize. Plus, its right on the edge of the commercial district and a very small lot. This may distract for a serious buyer who would enjoy living in a craftsman home.

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 544 comments
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      1918 Bunkhouse
      WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

      The listing description, photographs and price make it perfectly clear to all but the most obtuse that a lot of work is needed. On the upside, being on the edge of downtown may be a huge benefit for a serious buyer who would enjoy living in an historic Sears house with great Craftsman details!

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  5. AvatarDianeEG says: 486 comments
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    The deal of the year! Pretty clever of Kelly to offer similar homes all in one day. Big two story, natural woodwork and some great features. The comparisons show various levels of owner craftsmanship, finances, perhaps understanding of what was original but all with potential. Situated all over the US for anyone wanting a big beautiful old home. All might have negatives for some people but on the other hand, they all have some great positives for others. Strong work Kelly!

  6. AvatarCandi says: 28 comments
    Richwood, OH

    Well thank goodness they stopped taking it down to the studs upstairs, would be a shame to loose the woodwork and built in on the first floor.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10343 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    If y’all are not following Architectural Observers blog, he’s been on a roll lately with amazing posts!

    Today’s is about the posted home: http://architecturalobserver.com/a-customized-sears-hawthorne/

    • SouthwestlovesmommaSouthwestlovesmomma says: 123 comments

      wow, I love the breakdown of each picture from this Nebraska home on that Link Kelly, thanks!
      I wonder if the tapered chimney is underneath that wallboard over the mantel??

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